Survival Kits for Spaza Shops

The top 7 survival kits that every small business must have to make their lives easier.

  • by Heather Clancy
  • Sep 23, 2015
  • 248
  • Business

Part of owning a business is preparing for the worst while expecting the best. Own a business for long enough and you’re bound to experience a bit of both. While it’s not advisable to be paranoid, it is important to be prepared for a variety of mishaps.

In order to help you prepare for the bad days and hopefully, reduce their impact, we’ve compiled this list of the top 10 items you need in your business’ survival kit.

    1.Gas cooker

What every spaza shop must stock for the convenience of the community during blackouts or water shortages

When the lights go out, your business doesn’t have to. Between load shedding and unexpected power shortages, a gas cooker is an essential for every business and home. Fortunately, gas cookers range in price, so you’re likely to find one to suit your budget.

Tip: shop around and find the best price before making your final purchase.

    2.Fire extinguisher

One of those things that you don’t need until you really, really need it. A fire extinguisher is a safety essential for all businesses, especially those operating kitchens where flammable products are used regularly. When buying a fire extinguisher remember there are different types of fire extinguishers for different types of fires. For example, Class K fires are caused by cooking oils and greases such as animal fats and vegetable fats.

Tip: after purchasing your fire extinguisher, be sure to read the operating instructions carefully.

   3.Recycling bin

Operating an environmentally-friendly business is beneficial to your community and your bottom line. Encourage staff to recycle by placing recycling bins in appropriate locations.


If you’re not convinced, consider this: 6 500 tons of waste goes to landfills every day in Joburg alone!

   4.Solar floodlights

While you might not be able to rely on Eskom, you can certainly rely on the strength of our African sun to power up your premises with solar-powered floodlights. Solar flood lights are affordable and surprisingly quick and easy to install. What’s more, solar lighting reduces your electricity costs while keeping the lights on during load shedding.

   5.Alarm systems

An alarm system is a safety essential for all businesses as it acts as a crime deterrent and ensures a prompt response if activated. With the addition of external beams, you’re ensured early detection and warning.

Remember, the effectiveness of the alarm system is in part linked to the careful selection and placement of the detection device. For assistance, consult your security provider for advice.

   6.Battery operated cash register

When the lights go out, don’t let the money go out too.

If you haven’t already purchased an electronic cash register, consider using a battery-operated cash register instead. Convenient, kind on your electricity bill and easy-to-use, a battery-operated cash register is a smart investment.

   7.Heating and cooling devices

Cancel the chill for your staff and customers by investing in a gas heater. Providing warmth and ambiance, gas heaters will help set your business apart from competitors. While you’re at it, purchase a fan for the summer months to ensure year-round comfort.